Grand Champion Steer Drives

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015

…celebrating 20+ years of guilting two dozen families into buying tickets for third tier worn out rock bands just to watch their kid show a calf that has no shot at winning overall grand.

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…or just give San Antonio a weekend.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Do you hear all of that outrage over the lines in San Antonio?

Did you see the status updates as people waiting in line 12 hours to unload wasted time on their phones?

No?

That’s because San Antonio had their crap together and did a kick ass job Monday and Tuesday.

The barn isn’t nearly as crowded for the steer show as the heifers.  Perhaps the barn isn’t ideal for a huge heifer show but by gosh, it seems to work great for the steers.  Frankly, you heifer guys should probably find a way to be happy about the overcrowding last week because there’s an obvious and easy fix to an overcrowded major where kids are allowed to bring two animals.

It literally took a physical toll on the guys that got everyone in place for the steer show.

Make sure they know you appreciate it.

East Central Livestock Judging

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Are you coming to the San Antonio livestock judging contest?

Make a weekend of it and go to the East Central FFA Booster Club Livestock Judging contest on Saturday.  I helped sponsor this event last year and we upped our sponsorship this year because they put on an extremely nice contest.  If you’re looking for a contest with a ton of classes and awards, I don’t know that there is a better one to get to outside of the majors.

The amount of classes isn’t set but last year they were able to put 11 classes together in addition to the questions.

They’re giving awards through 20th overall in pee wee, junior, and senior as well as top five in cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and questions.

Yes, a peewee division.  Bring your younger kids and let them compete in a division without questions.

Full details on JudgingCard.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/16/2015

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $70,000 - Bred Heifer sired by O C C Anchor 771A
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #1
  2. $50,000 - Bred Cow sired by O C C Jet Stream 825J
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #43
  3. $45,000 - Bred Cow sired by DCC Baseline 511
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #5
  4. $35,000 - Bull sired by Rudow’s Wholesome 953
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #101
  5. $32,500 - Bull sired by All That Matters
    Minnaert Show Cattle Online All That Matters Bull and Genetic Sale 2015 #1
  6. $30,000 - Bull sired by Fairwyn’s Machine
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #140
  7. $28,000 - Bred Cow sired by Duff New Edition 6108
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #10
  8. $27,000 - Bred Cow sired by Duff Stimulus 856
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #12
  9. $21,000 - Bull sired by SA Ranch Hand 8185 075
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #103
  10. $20,000 - Bull sired by O C C Emancipate 889E
    Power Plus Duff Cattle Female and Bull Sale 2015 #104

Give San Antonio a Year

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

When something isn’t right after years of problems with no end in sight, it’s one thing.  When there are growing pains because an organization is investing millions in a new facility and working through the kinks the first year, it’s something completely different.

I’ve been as tough on them as anybody, probably unfairly tough, but give them a year on the new barn.

Any new facility like that is going to have growing pains their first year.  There are enough people using their rakes as pitchforks, go the route less traveled and write a polite and concise letter detailing stuff you think they could do better next year. 

For those that weren’t in town for the junior heifer or open shows…

Imagine the offspring of a mating between the Houston cattle area and sitting between two fat guys on an airplane.

It’s crowded.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that if a long bodied steer across the aisle from you has particularly bad runs, your calf will get hit.  It’s narrow enough that I’m not going to take my three year olds because I don’t think we’d be able to safely walk side by side through the aisles.

The ventilation is noticeably better than the nonexistent one before, and yes, that matters.  That dust hanging in the air just waiting to deliver whatever stock show crud is nowhere near as bad as it was.

The wash rack situation could have been much worse if it weren’t for some leniency in allowing everyone to use the old wash racks.  The new indoor ones are extremely small.  The hoses around the outdoor walls will be where you do most of your washing.

The ring looks great and moves just as smoothly as it did in the old ring.

No tie outs.

There are noticeable growing pains.  The heifer guys have always complained more about space than the steer guys but make no mistake, it's cramped.

They're trying through.  Give them a year to get things ironed out.

Brands are Not Built on Facebook

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015

While everyone else gets caught up in online branding, don’t forget that your brand isn’t built on your Facebook page.

Brands are built three hours before the show when you’re in the barn helping your customers wash calves.

Brands are built after the show when you’re helping load the trailers out.

Brands are built after every other trailer has left and you’re still sharing a beer with ‘your guys’.

Brands are built in the sale pen when you don’t white wash the fact that yeah, that calf did just pop his pastern.

A Facebook page is not a brand.

You, your actions, and the words that come out of your mouth are a brand.

2015 Forth Worth Breed Counts

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Angus - 98


Hereford - 96

Polled Hereford - 93

Shorthorn - 137

American - 151

Exotic - 845

Total - 1420

Where do steer breeds show at the Texas majors?

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015

The word “breed” here is obviously used rather loosely.  The exotic breeds are all various shades of Charolais cross.  Frankly, Brangus and Brahman are the only breeds where it's common to see a purebred papered animal in the sire/dam generation.

But every show in Texas is different in how they handle them.  Houston and San Antonio are awfully close but even they differ on whether Polled Herefords deserve their own breed.

A quick and easy guide for the folks up north…


Breed Fort Worth San Angelo San Antonio Austin Houston
Brahman Cross American Cross (Don't Go) ABC (Don't Go) Brahman Brahman Brahman
Brangus American Cross ABC Brangus ABC Brangus
Santa Gertrudis American Cross ABC Santa Gertrudis ABC Santa Gertrudis
Simbrah American Cross ABC Simbrah ABC Simbrah
ABC American Cross ABC ABC ABC ABC
Angus Angus English Angus British Angus
Hereford Hereford English Hereford British Hereford
Polled Hereford Polled Hereford English Hereford British Polled Hereford
Red Angus AOB (Don't Go) English Red Angus British Red Angus
Shorthorn Shorthorn English Shorthorn Shorthorn Shorthorn
Charolais European Cross European Charolais AOB Black/Other Charolais
Chianina European Cross European Chianina AOB Black/Other Chianina
Limousin European Cross European Limousin AOB Black/Other Limousin
Maine-Anjou European Cross European Maine-Anjou AOB Black/Other Maine-Anjou
Simmental European Cross European Simmental AOB Black/Other Simmental
AOB European Cross European AOB AOB Black/Other AOB

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/9/2015

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $71,000 - Bull sired by W/C United 956Y
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #48
  2. $55,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load 54U
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #34
  3. $38,500 - Steer sired by Believe in Me
    Bruns, Criner, Jackson Online Summer Born Calf Sale 2-14-15 #3
  4. $36,500 - Steer sired by Young Money
    Bruns, Criner, Jackson Online Summer Born Calf Sale 2-14-15 #4
  5. $30,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load 54U
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #38
  6. $29,000 - Bull sired by W/C United 956Y
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #51
  7. $25,000 - Bull sired by Yardley Boxcar Y417
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #110
  8. $25,000 - Bull sired by W/C Lock Down 206Z
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #40
  9. $24,500 - Steer sired by Monopoly
    CPR Cattle Sale Quality Counts 2015 #7
  10. $24,000 - Bull sired by W/C United 956Y
    Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale 2015 #49

It's the little things...

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

...that you find the beauty of and take deep pride in.



And few things bring me a more noticeable dopamine shot than that little 0.00 while reconciling books to take to the CPA.

Geography of the different species at Fort Worth

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015

I kid about how I-27 centric the Fort Worth steer show is due to the fact that it’s the haired show in Texas and I-27 goes through the area of Texas where putting hair on a steer is quite a bit easier than elsewhere.

But is it really just a climate thing?

Perhaps the entries are from there because that’s the closest show.

Let’s use the other species –goats, lambs, and swine- as a benchmark.  Each of the pins is the geographic mean of the placing animals from the 2015 Fort Worth stock show…


A bit surprisingly to me, based on that map, pigs are actually the panhandle species, not steers.

Predictably, goats were clustered a lot closer to Fort Worth than the other species (as expensive as they’ve gotten, show goats were still started to provide a cheaper alternative to the others) and steers were spread out a lot more than the others.

2015 Fort Worth Branding Steers

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Map of where the branding steers in Fort Worth came from.


The largest dots are for the following towns, mainly the I-27 corridor…

5
CANYON
LUBBOCK

6
MIDLAND

4
ABILENE
DALHART
HEREFORD
SHALLOWATER

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/2/2015

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $47,500 - Bred Cow sired by Yellow Jacket
    Went Blacks Annual Elite Female Sale 2015 #6
  2. $44,000 - Bred Cow sired by Hot Sauce
    The 10th Annual Dakota Classic 2015 #1
  3. $40,000 - Bred Heifer sired by GCC Whizard 125W
    Martin Livestock Dual Threat 2015 #17
  4. $30,000 - Bull sired by Leveldale Righteous 084 ET
    JSF Durhams in the Dakota 2015 #21
  5. $29,500 - Bred Cow sired by Mossy Oak
    The 10th Annual Dakota Classic 2015 #3
  6. $28,500 - Bred Heifer sired by Sandman son
    The 10th Annual Dakota Classic 2015 #59
  7. $25,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Monopoly
    The 10th Annual Dakota Classic 2015 #70
  8. $25,000 - Bred Cow sired by Irish Whiskey
    Went Blacks Annual Elite Female Sale 2015 #2
  9. $25,000 - Bred Cow sired by Monopoly
    Went Blacks Annual Elite Female Sale 2015 #29
  10. $24,000 - Bred Cow sired by Patton
    The 10th Annual Dakota Classic 2015 #5

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